Shiva is a Hindu God. He is the destroyer and regenerator. He is believed to have three forms. Natraj the God of Dancing skill, an anthromorphic form and the lingam form. In front of any Shiva temple, one usually sees a statue of Nandi, the divine bull that serve as Shiva vehicle. In anthropomorphic form,Shiva is depicted with his consort Parvati and usally holds a trident and a small drum.
Parvati is known as the motherly form of Mother Goddess Gauri Jagadamba, Parvati is another form of Shakti, the wife of Shiva and the gentle aspect of Maha Devi or Durga, the Great Goddess. Parvati is considered to be a complete incarnation of Adi Parashakti or Goddess Durga, with all other Goddesses being her incarnations or manifestations. Parvati is nominally the second consort of Shiva, the Hindu God of destruction and rejuvenation. However, she is not different from Sati, being the reincarnation of Shiva's first wife. Parvati is the mother of the Gods Ganesh, Kartikeya, Ashoka Sundari. Parvati, when depicted alongside Shiva, generally appears with two arms, but when alone, she is depicted having four, eight or ten arms, and is astride on a tiger or lion. Generally considered a benevolent Goddess, Parvati also has wrathful incarnations, such as Durga, Kali, Tara, Chandi, and the Dasha Mahavidyas (ten great wisdoms), Tripur Sundari (Shodashi), Bhuvaneshwari, Bhairavi, Chinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagla Mukhi, Matangi and Kamala, as well as benevolent forms like Katyayani, Maha Gauri, Kamalatmika, Bhuvaneshwari and Lalita.
Source: Short Description of Gods, Goddesses and Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism in Nepal and Google.
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